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July 2010

Medical news, inspiring stories, and more!

Top Story:

Dangerous Distractions: Focus on Driving,
Not Cell Phone to Stay Safe on the Roads

Using a cell phone while driving is to blame for more than 330,000 injuries and 2,600 deaths each year, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Maybe your cell phone (or smart phone) rings and you grope around in your purse or on the passenger seat trying to find it. Maybe you're having a heated conversation and aren't paying enough attention to the car that stops suddenly in front of you. Maybe you are trying to send a quick email or text to a friend saying you are running late. Read more>>

Leading Edge:

Single Incision Surgery for Kidney Removal

It was a painful fall, but it ended up saving John Houle's life. The 52-year old was walking out to the hot tub at his Weare, New Hampshire home last March, when he slipped and fell, slamming his lower back on the edge of the porch steps. A firefighter and member of the Pat's Peak Ski Patrol, the strong and athletic Houle brushed himself off, soaked in the hot tub for a bit, and went to work. Two days later he noticed blood in his urine.  Read more >>

Clinical Corner:

Your Hearing Is Your Lifeline to the World

Face it, as we grow older, those ears are growing older with the rest of us. Interestingly, how we hear and what we hear affects our cognition: our ability to think, process, and understand thoughts that are related to us as we speak and interact with others.
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Health & Hope:

Bob EthierBob Ethier's Story: Cure for Diabetes

EMT Bob Ethier lived with the constant frustration of never knowing when his type-one diabetes could act up. Simple activities like hunting and fishing were no longer relaxing for Bob, and he knew he needed an effective treatment-what he got, was a cure. Watch his story >>

The Heart of BIDMC:

Mike Trzcinski: Keeping BIDMC in Bloom

First impressions mean everything to Mike Trzcinski. For 21 years, he and his crew of landscapers have planted, pruned, weeded and watered the grounds outside Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to create a beautiful first impression for patients and visitors coming to the hospital. Read more >>

Health Headlines:

First Step To A Healthier You

Learn the Benefits of Walking - Join BIDMC's Walking Club

Walking is free, easy, and good for your health. A brisk stroll can raise your heart rate, lower blood pressure and increase blood circulation throughout your body. Plus it can increase your lungs' ability to take in oxygen and help reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Read more>>

Benefits of Brown Rice

Choose This Side Dish To Lower Your Risk of Diabetes

New research supports that brown rice may help lower your risk of diabetes. A study out of Harvard University finds Americans who eat two or more servings of brown rice each week reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by about 10 percent.  Read more >>

Men: Be Careful Where You Put Your Cell Phone

Hands-Free Calls Linked to Male Infertility

Calling all men: Beware of the hands-free cell phone. New research finds if you're using a Bluetooth or other hands-free device and put your phone in your pocket or your lap - anywhere close to your testicles - you may affect the quality of your sperm.

Teaming Up For Cancer Care

Welcome Commonwealth Hem-Onc to Our BIDMC Family

Commonwealth Hematology-Oncology, PC, (CHO) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have joined forces to create a new model for cancer care in eastern Massachusetts that combines community-based practices with the advanced cancer care resources of an academic medical center. Read more >>